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Chapter NumberIV
Chapter TitleDUTIES AND RIGHTS.
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Trove TitleAn Australian Anarchist
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AN AUSTRALIAN ANARCHIST

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(By V. L THOMAS.)

Chapteb IV. DUTIES AND RIGHTS.

Sir Grosvenor Hawley belonged to an old county family. and might be pronounood * J, very ordinary specimen of the English V country gentleman. His stalwart, if gome what portly frame, and clear eye and ruddy complexion betokened a ; healthy out-door life ; bnt tbe light I; ef intellect did not shine through the windows of the soul. He did not fc.' . relish eftenomieu, as Grimshaw remarked.

'y ? bat there was not a better shot in the I county, and none rede straighter to hounds. Of nnimpeaohable character, and posses sing a fine estate, with a good rent-roll, he was naturally regarded as ? most eligible parti by the match-making mammas of the West. But, probably, because he preferred to spend the spring and summer in rat-hunting, as the best Means of passing the time, until the cub-hnnting came round again, and thus escaped the traps of a London season, with its dances and ample stair cases, be dodged tbe wiles of both mothers and daughters who. new chafed because he devoted so much ||' attention to ' tbat girl from the bush,' as K., they called Vera Samuels. gBr Though tbat yeung lady was bom on ill1 one ef her father's stations, she possessed - ||p': a richly tinted complexion, not associated witb the hot winds tbat parch the plains B|V ef Kiverina. 4Hcr scheol-daya were passed B,.' at Bath and Clifton, her holidays with ipi i ? ? — fejr^S'iLliam'B maiden aunt who lived be E side Gove of Cork, on a email annuity, ip ? Her tall supple figure and Hashing dark W-y. eye, end,, above all, the manner tin which she took her fences when the Beaufert hounds met in the neighborhood, stamped her as a. 'true Australian.' She gloried in the fact. At school she was once almost expelled for nearly tearing §f-'. eut the eyes ef a chit who stated that she || came from where all the murderers went, v and- was herBelf a convict's daughter. |r She despised the aristocratic airs which ' her waters effected. Of a fine generous K? nature, she was led rather by the impulse Pvf . of tbe heart than the dictates of fashion p. and conventionality* As she told her i©-' father, Sir Grosvenor Hawley was none the If worse in her eyeB because he was ' only a if; commoner.' P That gentleman was now on his way to P&-- discharge his duty as a Justice of the |C' ? Peace. * I suppose' he inqoiced of Samuels, k. 'we ehall not have the pleasure of your Rn company on the Bench to-day,' ||' 'Oh, no,' replied the squatter, 'the 1; principal case is against that strange poaching character who shot down my |y deer, I certainly cannot adjudicate on that. |&.- What a strange case ! ' R-: 'It shews what England is coming. to fe'. under Kadicai politicians,' hotly interrupted IA;, Hawley, looking meaningly at Grimshaw. §£ 'Nonsense,' retorted the latter, * I have K , been hearing, ever since I left the cradle, SKv ' that ewing te Liberal legislation old Bgrt ' England was going te the dogs,' yet, on ||p: the unimpeachable authority of Bluebooks end statistics, the ceuntry was never so ft'- '? well ofEas at present. I'm not a betting Bp;'--.' man, yet I'd wager a trifie that Radical . pelitics have nothing to do with the case, K - and, if tbey have, it is not such a dreadful ^ ^ tlia Wa^' ^ kn°W

'v ^Ob,' said Hawley, ' tbe £»pt « we qimjl* ?nongh. YeBUrdw^iftenw^. ft jrfrange ghlxacter appears inut village of Bannw 3H»re is a A or some kind of ^^A.pUe^frBried'.feN^^nrph-ykrd, ^?wfTthis brings a' lbt SB^bjectionfcble v peirie ibout ; 1 don't mealP-t^ataps, bnt '?? authors and artists, and all thatxkind ef f . thing. Well, . this strange - Molding Z character, after coining eut of this ohutoh yatf, walks across to the inn, borrowed ; gnh, and shoots down one of our -friend 1 , | Bamoety deer in the park over the. way. eunply outrageous. Why, ..worse eeoldi't happen in Ireland, with the Radicals in power.* . 'It leeks strange, indeed,' replied Grim . shaw; 'but perhaps it vreuld be ae well to explain whether the e fringe creature is a lunatio rather than a Radical, and whether ' -? anitylum, rather than a lockup, is hot the .^jnrppfcr place for him. ? I presume :he is WJdcked up aew.' * Ne wondel- the country is in such a state, end itrange vagabonds are -flying about, while a member of Parliament holds euoh opinions,' exclaimed Hawley, 'I cannot trace any connection between my Opinions and this outrage, as you tens it,' .coolly, answered _Grimshaw ; ' but ne wender euoh outrages take place when . ' justices of the peace held each opinions on : tb* game laws. Oeuntry gentlemen, 1 ? find, 'are extremely touchy on matters : - affeotiag their o wn Interests and pleasures, % and seem to forget that property has its '? duties as well as its' rights.*^ 1 ' Come, .come,' said Sir William ; 1 1 shall set have the old battle of . Liberal ' versus Tory fought over again here. .Yet, I cannot see what object the strange creature can have in shooting nay deer.' * I can, papa, ' cried Vera, and all three looked round at her. - ' You said her father. ' What oan you know about the matter ?' 'Oh, 1 know all about it, fer Perkins, my maid, is keeping company, as ehe calls it, with ths innkeeper's son, and learned all Jrim him, who witnessed the whole affair. It seems that ' this so-called eccentric fellow, after coming eut of the graveyard, - *et-a starving tramp ' and bis wife and th^^iWldren^anJi ^^a^ h»m.^r ejmsiltnd he bad no meiey ^abent^ him# Bnt, on seeing your deer, he -said that in

his country ne man was allowed to go without food, and rushed across to the inn, and came eut with tbe gun and shot tlje, deer, telling the tramp to take the ctrcase.' , 'What an extraordinary proceeding, said Grimshajr. ... 'Extraordinary?' cried Hawley, 'I call it disgraceful* 'With more ef the -Badical agitation, our lives, as well as oar property, will not be safe.' Vera continued : 'And the -village con ?tahla has tol'd the inn-keeper' « sen (whe

told my Perkins) that this stranger was highly indignant on being first looked up, but now thinks if a a huge joke,' and talka about Shakespeare, and Falstaff, and the deer, and compares yen to Justice Shallow, Papa.' ' I'll show him - it's ne joke when tbe case comes before me,1 said Hawley. ?But that isn't all, Taps,' continued Vera, taking ne notice of the interruption. ?Another stranger saw bim in tht celt* late last night, and when they spoke ef the o«ner of .the deer, asked if yeu were Sir William Samuels, of Bankeide station, Hiverina. I'm almost certain that both of. tbem ceme from home — I mean Australia. Stupid, isn't it, tbat eur peeple should always be calling this country heme ?' 'What makes yeu think that they come from there ?' asked her father. 'Their conduct — I mean his conduct. He said that peeple didn't starve in his country. Neither do they. Yeung as I was then, I remember bew they used, sofne evenings at Banktide, give rations to a ceuple of hundred travellers, or sun downers, as they are called by English writers, who know nothing about Aus tralia.1 'I'd give 'em three months' hard labor in gaol,' exclaimed Hawley. ' It certainly seems to me,* observed Grimsbaw, ' that Australia sadly needs a Poor Law syBtem.' ' To spend all tbe money on law and none en tbe poor, such sb your charity organisations do. In England of every sixpence spent, five-pence goes to organisa tion and a penny to charity. Pajpa would prefer the travellers, with a sundowner thrown in, as a more economical system, without considering humanity or senti ment at all.' ' Yes,' said Sir William, 'we have tried to abolish this system of giving rations, but have found it more economical.' Skin flints like Bobby Blank and Lachie Dash would prefer giving rations to your, vaunted Poor Law. The sundowner, as you call him, is an institution you people ; in England cannot understand. It eften stakes me that, perhaps, you make the ; same mistake of judging Irish affairs alto gether by your own standard.' ? A servant. in livery entered, and pre senting a card to Sir William, said : ' A gemmen to see you en, very hurgent business.' ?Show him into the library,* said Sir William, as he again looked at the card.

Chapter V. A LABOR DELEGATE. ' Of all men in the . world, .what can he want with me ?' said Sir William, after gazing at tbe card a second timo. And he read the name aloud : Mr. Fbank Morton, Representative ef tbe Sydney (New South Wales) Trades and Labor Council. 'Oh,' cried Vera, 'I have often read his name in.the Sydney papers.' ' Why,' said Grimsnaw, ' that's the con founded, agitator from Sydney,- whe has been kicking up snob a row among the working classes in tb* North. ,'Tweuld be a good jeb if he were sent back te

Botany Say an chains. - The latteriallusion did net please Vara, ; who hotly replied : , , « ? . * ? ! * Human stature is rn.uoh.the same under all circumstances. You spoke ef country gentlemen Mwl' tbe : game 'Iaws a l»W minutes ago: I think tbit mabo&rtWSM toe are very touchy en matters affecting their ewn interests and pleasure*, ana seem te forget that capital has its duties as well as its rights.' ' Hear, hear t' laughed .Sir Grosvenor Hawley. 'By Jove, you were properly duijAt there, Griinsbaw.' ' ' Well,' Sir Willtam slewly stSd/ aB if1 aldne,.. 'thengh Hr. FJ-ank Morton hae managed to kick a row .at the Anti podes, he has never crossed my path, and as eur-interests oannsrt clash I fail t* see why his sbeuld «eek me «n urgent business. However, I suppoikp I'd totter rte hink Twonld read bad -in the 'Australian papers ill refuse his request, and he seems - to I have gottbe ear ef the press, as all these fellows do. . I must'leeve you fer a ehort tinie. . J shall be back as soon ai I ean get through with him.' ' \ ' De you keow, Sir William, ..that 1 would like .to have a few words with this agitator, niuph as I detest his clan ?' aaid Grimshaw, thoughtfully.1 , '8o should I,' said Vera ; 'there must be something in a cause when a man travels twelve thousand miles to -represent it, and. the |beuand* behind^ and something in the man. tee,'.' ' Weill I den't oars te see auch people,' said Hawley, 'so I suppose I'd bettor- be off to play Justice ShiOlow to the Falstaff or Shakespeare .of this deer-slaying scoundrel.' - Well, as the party chiefljr aggrieved, I hope you'll' give Bin fair play, Sir Grosvenor,' answered Sir William Samuels. 'As regards your wish, Grimshaw, it can be easily gratified, for I shall be glad of yonr 8id in bearding this lion of democracy in my own library. As for you, my dear Vera, I am willing to de anything in reason to gratify your smallest desire, but really. I cannot cee my' way clear te do so in this case— fpr the present, at all events. It would never de to have my treasure con verted. into a flaming' BadkpL C^i^e ' ^ra'fltood inuring ^fr fei ^rifait^, Ud ^IJew' A.os^lia, I wi«b I were-4w* compared '-with tbe man wne domes all the way f^om Sydney te plead the cause ef .tbiniiiifli u virlnrti ? - Would wy of them have the . courage to shoot a deer te relieves etarving family ? Grimshaw and the best fennd Frank Herten standing in f rent ef the book shelves of the famous Bannerdown library. His keen eye -hoanaed the beauti ful selection ef Frenoh works, which the, Jate lCarquis had 4tcounmlated daring his diplomatic career on the Continent.' Unlike the. many who came te gaze on the. famous Bannerdown library, he was an excellent Frenoh scholar. Frank Morton, -though known as , the Australian labor champion by some, and] the Colonial agitato? by ethers, wasja native ef the South of Ireland. Bis mother, with the asuaUmbitioa ef having, a priest in the family, had scraped and saved ite givehim the neoessaryeduoatibn. Her task was lightened by the f aot that; his 'father's 'family, on aoconnt of aervioe*' render ad.in the early penal day*, pesseried ik lohilinhip imtii of tkot# IViiok 0#l leges . devoted to 'the eduoatlen ef - ths priesthood. Thither Frank went, and thus acquired that knowledge ef JVsnok whioh astonished the world a lew weeks before the period we write «£, wlwn *»? arose sod aidieeoart a mouter gstheiing

of Parisian werkmen in their ewn lan guago. Uothers propose and another power dis poses. Like many more Irish lads, Frank Morton, though looked on for a time as ' timber fer a soggarlh aroon,' lost his * vocation.' No one could tell the lesson. Some said a petticoat an,d a pair of bright eyes were the cause ; others thought that during his distinguished college career he had followed Pope's advice too faithfully, and drank ef the Hyperian spring of learning ae largely as to acquire ideas and vie we distasteful to his .superiors. Any way, he came home, to his poor mother's grief. Fortunately for himielf he was toe old to compete at those Civil Service examinations which tempt tbe youth of Ireland te illpaid drudgery. There was nothing for it but to try bis fortune in London. After undergoing tbe usual privatien of the youth wbo go into the world en the earns will o' the wisp mission, be acquired through his knowledge of French, some employment frem a London publisher. This brought a connection with the press, which might have led to something better, for, in hit course of. study for the priest hood Morten had acquired, not only fluency in modern languages, but an in timate knowledge of the classics, of mental and physical science, and of mathematics, that would have gained him distinction at Oxford or Cambridge. But, like many others, he was forced to sacrifice future prospects to present necessities. A vacancy occurred on the staff of a small papsr, published — half in French and half in English — at Constantople. The salary was small, but it was better than waiting in London for fame and fortune, which might never come. He did not remain long beside the Bespherous, but soen joined another journal, also published in tbe two languages at Cairo. But this, though conducted with an ability which would have done predit to the best papers of London and Paris, collapsed for want of financial support, and Morton was tempted to try his luck in Australia ; about the country worst suited to one of bis abilities and acquirements* In Sydney be obtained press employment less re munerative, and quite as precarious as that which be despised in London. While eking but a frugal existence, be attended meetings : of the Labor bodies, then paramount in the. Australian cities. He, of course, had heard the rightb and wrongs of all . tbe social, economic, and political problems debated in Paris, and nad also read deeply on these subjects. The labor unions of Sydney, and their chief officers, eoon saw tbat he. knew thoroughly matters of which they., bad only the merest glim mer of knowledge. . In addition, he pos

sessed all the eloquence of his race. They had been invited to Eend a delegate to several Labor conferences about to be held in England and on the Continent. The mission, not being remunerative enough to tempt any of the professional friends of the working man, was offered to Morton and accepted ... It was no wonder that Sir William Samuels and his friend Grimshaw were astonished as. the. stranger introduced him self. In appearance, at any rate, Frank Morton did not come up to the popular ideal ef the agitator and labor leader. Though tall and strongly-built, his intelligent grey eyes, smooth curly air and classical features were more indicative of the student's quiet life than ef the bluster ing, stormy career of . the working man who gains an ascendency over his fellows. His voide toe was soft and low, and, though traces of the brogue lingered round, bis accent also smacked of Paris net altogether the voice that makes itself heard at Labor Conferences, that hurls back invective andhowlB down opposition. Then bis easy, if subdued, manner was jtot that of a common man of the people playing a part . .ySxcase. -me,- Sir. WiUiani,* he said,; ?though likely yon have never noticed me, your appearanoe is ftmiliar to ine. . I would not nave troubled yon except on an urgent matter.' ' And what might that be ? ' inquired Sir William. .'Welb' Mid tforton, 'without being aware:ef your living in the neighborhood, myself and a friend from Australia came down - here from London, and, among other objects, of interest, viewed Tom J£oere, the poet* a grave. As we were cem ing awaya p6or tramp with his wife and throe children told us they were starving.' . 'Not an- unusual tale,' said Grimshaw, ' despite our splendid Poor Law systsm.' 'Neither .my friend nor I believe in year Poor Law,- fend- we believed the tramp,' TetOrted Morton. 'Unfortunately what money wo had was in our luggage, at the hotel, but my friend, being of an exoitable nature, teak the speediest means of , relieving the tramp's wants. He borrowed a gun and . shot down a deer inside the fence.' :' 1 '- 'I understand now,' replied Sir William,

' yonr friend was generous at another's expense, a common and- convenient form of philanthropy. I presume yonr friend it the fellow whe was locked up, and is to come before the Court to-day.' ' The same,' said Morton, 4 and I have come hero in the btfpe tbat when you became aware of his identity, - you would pardon an offence whioh does credit to the heart even if it does not say much for the head.' ? ' Why should I ? Who is yonr friend that he should be treated differently bom any one else who has broken the. law ? ' hastily asked Sir William.' ' My friend is one of whom yeu mnst have often heard. He is none other than Walter Watson, the member for Walgett ia the New South Waies Assembly.' 'What! Walgett Watsen, commonly known as the Kangaroo, the larrikin legis lator, whose antica have put this country to se much cost?' cried Sir William, still more warmlr.' ' Well, if you put it that way,' replied Morton, 'the Privy Council has decided that he was right, and that the county was wrong. His appoal has succeeded.' 'He must be a clever young fellow,' remarked Grimshaw. ' I have heard Aroet ahd other leading rni'u at the Bar speak highly of the manner in which he, a young stranger, and an amateur, pleaded bis own oase.' 'He is the idol of hiB countrymen, and | it would pain them to learn he had come to grief for a trivial offence against one so popular and justly respected as Sir Wifiiam'Samuels. Leaving mercy out of the question, would it be expedient to Persecute or prosecute him '? Why ! ou allow a sheep among every four sun downers, whs call at your Bankside station. Why all this trouble over a deer ?' 'Well, that is another way of looking at it, though the country gentlemen of England hold quite a different view. But I'll at once send a messenger to my solici tor, and ask him to withdraw the case. After all, 1 am acting in the interests of law and order, in keeping a member of Parliament eut of the dock, even though he is only a New South Wales one.' (to be coktinued.3